Baltimore Sun Op-Ed By Mary Ann Scully, CEO of Howard Bank

The Feb. 19 issue of the Baltimore Sun featured the business case for funding and building more connected bike routes in Howard County, authored by Howard Bank CEO Mary Ann Scully. Howard Bank is one of 30+ businesses and community institutions that support the Bikeway.

Read: Howard County: best in many ways, but biking

Howard County has long been recognized as among the “best”: best places to live, best schools, highest median family income and high job growth. Its guiding principles have always been to provide an environment of optimal health — physically, mentally, socially and environmentally.

Yet many communities in the region have similar goals, so Howard County increasingly competes for businesses, residents and workers. It’s a hard race and we are not always keeping pace. One area where we are in danger of falling behind is bike routes.

1,500+ Bikeway supporters names featured in a new full-page ad

The Jan. 18 issue of the Columbia Flier and Howard County Times featured this full-page ad with more than 1,500 names of people who have voiced their support and want the County Executive to budget $3 million for the Bikeway. The list of supporters continues to grow as the county continues its budget development process.

Click to view the full PDF. 

Have you voiced your support? Take action now.

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Howard County Times: Residents, leaders vie for funding at Howard County budget hearing

The Howard County Times’ coverage of the county executive’s first FY19 budget hearing included advocates’ request for Bikeway funding.

Read:  Residents, leaders vie for funding at Howard County budget hearing

Several community members and local advocates spoke out about the need for greater funding for the county’s proposed Bikeway and other bike lanes. Chris Tsien, chief legal and financial officer for Bicycling Advocates of Howard County, testified at the hearing, saying the county’s bike lanes were woefully underfunded in comparison to surrounding counties.

In fiscal 2018, Montgomery County spent more than $23 million on bike path funding, and Anne Arundel spent in excess of $6 million, while Howard spent just $600,000 on funding for new bike projects. 

Editorial: Keeping Bike Howard in motion

The Howard County Times editorial board issued its own commentary and cartoon in the May 24, 2017, issue urging investment in bicycle routes and implementing the county’s Bicycle Master Plan.

Read: Keeping Bike Howard in motion

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For the most part, Howard’s elected leaders have supported the concept of a bike network and funding has been included in the county’s budget for planning and operations.

There’s a risk, however, that incremental funding could be an easy target for elimination in tight budget years and expansion could be stalled if the program falls off the priority list.

Howard County Times: Roll-out of Howard County’s bikeway at risk, advocates say

The Howard County Times highlighted advocates’ concerns about the county’s budgeting for bicycle infrastructure in this story from April 7, 2017.

Read: Roll-out of Howard County’s bikeway at risk, advocates say

A little over a year ago, bicycling advocates celebrated a major victory when local lawmakers inked a master plan for a biking network and investment in bike infrastructure over the next 30 years.

But now, advocates say a 50-mile network, which is a part of the overall plan, is already hitting roadblocks.